Sand Dollar Lounge to get 'Bar Rescue' treatment
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Earlier today, trucks (huge ones!) were spotted off Spring Mountain Road. They’re from Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, set to renovate and rehabilitate the living hell out of the visibly long-standing bones of the otherwise venerable blues bar, the Sand Dollar Lounge.
If you’re unfamiliar, Bar Rescue is, more or less, an interior rehab show, specifically for fixing up old/run-down bars, spearheaded by the over-aggressive, straight-out-of-a-Dick-Wolf-script Jon Taffer (here’s a clip of the man at work). According to a source working nearby, waivers were sent out alerting surrounding businesses of the filming and goings-on that began today — which we assume will include the berating of one of the oldest off-Strip spots in town — and is set to continue through the week. Taffer has already been spotted walking around the bar. (Calls to Sand Dollar went unanswered.)
Why we’re nervous: We wouldn’t put it past a Spike TV program to turn it back into The Bikini Bar, briefly a former incarnation of the Sand Dollar. Nor would we expect them to honor a bar older than the network itself. What we could see happen: Sand Dollar gets a better sound system. What we could also see happen: Some biker doesn’t like Tagger’s disposition and cuts him good.